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English definition of “break off something”

break off something

phrasal verb with break    /breɪk/ verb
to end a relationship : The governments broke off diplomatic relations . She returned the ring and they broke off their engagement .
(Definition of break off something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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